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SHP Completes 22nd Student Trooper Program

41 teens opted to spend a week at the State Highway Patrol’s summer camp learned to push their mental and physical boundaries

The 22nd Student Trooper Program started Sunday, June 14 and ended Friday, June 19 with a graduation program. Each day, the summer camp started at 5 a.m. with physical training and ended at 10 p.m. with lights out.

Included in the group was Zack Bridgers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russ Bridgers of Elizabethtown.

During the week, students had a similar regimen as SHP cadets, just a shortened version.

Past graduates are now working for sheriff’s departments, the State Bureau of Investigation, the military or some other branch of law enforcement. About 40 have chosen to become State Highway Patrol troopers.

The nationally-recognized service organization, the American Legion, provided the tuition for the students, covering the cost of uniforms, class room text books and three meals a day.

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